Enable Copying Files from iPods To Computers
One of the most common things users of iPods want is the ability to copy the files on the iPod to a computer. There are plenty of reasons that someone would want to do this. For example, a user may want to copy the music library on an iPod to their laptop, or maybe to their work computer. Of course, Apple's iTunes software doesn't make this process obvious in order to keep the music industry happy, but that doesn't mean it cannot be done.
There are a lot of third-party utilities and other software programs that offer the ability to copy files from your iPod to a hard disk, but you really don't need them, and you certainly don't need to pay for one. All you need is a quick crash course in how the iPod stores files and how to get it to listen to you.
The first step to easy copying of files on an iPod to a hard drive is to set the iPod into disk mode. Once configured to be used as a disk, files can be copied to and from an iPod as easily as they can be copied from a USB drive.
Using iTunes to change an iPod into disk mode is easy. First, connect your iPod to its home computer like you usually do. If iTunes doesn't start automatically, go ahead and launch it.
Once iTunes is running, click on the iPod logo under the Devices setting. Be sure the "Summary" tab is selected and under Options select "Enable disk use."
You can also select "Manually manage music and videos." However, this setting also disables automatic updates of music and video files on the device. If that is your intention, then select this choice. If you just want to be able to copy files but keep the automatic update feature, then choose Enable disk use instead.